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North Adams Reaching ADA Compliance Under DOJ Agreement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, April 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is no longer required to submit annual reports to the U.S. Department of Justice on its efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.    Since reaching an agreement with the DOJ, North Adams has spent $1,259,598.95 toward projects that bring it into compliance with the federal law and is now considered to have completed 85 percent of the outlined project.s    "When I first got the report there were more than 300 things that we needed to deal with in the city in respect to ADA compliance," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council on Tuesday. "It seemed quite daunting and [Administrative Officer


'Going in Style': Bank Heist Steals Your Heart
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
11:59PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
  My first inclination when hearing that Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman would star in director Zach Braff's remake of 1979's "Going in Style," which featured George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was to scream "Sacrilege!" But I was at a funeral and, fearing the outburst might be inappropriate, contained myself.    Later, my calmed head prevailing, I got philosophical about it. While the older set of oldsters was terrific in this seriocomic bank heist film, one good turn should deserve another, especially if it showcases such national treasures.   Besides, pity is, the economic situation that stirred the original gang to


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Workshop to Help Grandparents Reduce Risk of Drug Use By Grandchildren
09:44PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing trend nationally and in Massachusetts. Data that was presented at a town hall meeting with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren stated that "in Massachusetts there were over 10,000 grandparents raising grandchildren with no parent in the home in 2015. … Roughly 80 percent of grandparent care arrangements in the state involve substance and drug abuse by at least one parent."

"Although the statistics seem daunting, grandparents raising their grandchildren should not feel alone," said Donna Senecal,

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The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland
By Bill Schmick,
04:56PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix well. For investors, there are far too many unknowns, especially when U.S. warships are steaming toward the Korean Peninsula. In Syria, American troops were spotted alongside Jordanian Special Forces troops along the border, despite our president's assurances that boots on the ground are out of the question. Actually, that isn't quite true, since U.S. Special Forces have been operating alongside our


Easter Events Around Berkshire County
02:12PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hippity, hoppety, Easter is on the way - and so are plenty of holiday events around Berkshire County.

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Saturday, April 8

* Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Walker Street, Lenox, 10 a.m-noon and 1-3 p.m.: The mansion will present its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Children should be at least 12 years of age.


Sunday, April 9

* Adams Youth


Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

Monday, April 17, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to


North Adams' Budget Up 1 Percent; Taxes Likely to Rise 4 Percent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thomas Scanlon reviews the city's 2016 financial letter with the council on Tuesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee will take its first review of the mayor's $40 million budget proposal next Thursday.    The draft spending plan for fiscal 2018 is up $474,449, or about 1 percent, at $39,929,132.    But that budget released Friday is already in the red because the city was notified Tuesday that it was getting $80,000 more in state revenues but the assessments went up $130,000 in the House budget.    "We took a $50,000 step backwards just like that," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council on Tuesday, snapping his


North Adams Happenings: April 14-18
12:44PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Don't Get Swayed by These Investment 'Myths'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:00PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice.

Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:

* You can find the next "big thing." All of us probably wish we could have "gotten in on the ground floor" of Apple or Microsoft or some other tremendously profitable company. And who knows? There may indeed be a similar other business out there, waiting to take off. But it's almost impossible for anyone to identify these potential "blockbusters."


Traffic Commission Advises Parking Meter Removal for Bike Lane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:29AM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending the removal of two metered parking spots on the north side of the Holiday Inn on American Legion Drive.    The purpose is to develop a bike lane as part of the city's Complete Streets goals.    Initially, the proposal had been to remove the four metered spots in front of the hotel but Chairwoman Mary Ann King was not in favor of the idea. She told the commission on Monday night that she had also spoken with Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, who had concerns.    "I don't feel comfortable taking away something that's actually making revenue for the city," she

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North Adams Votes to Accept Properties, Funds From Housing Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:13AM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The city will not accept the former Sun Cleaners until the property can be shown to be free of contamination. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday night accepted a transfer of assets held by Housing Opportunities Inc., an agreement that ends years of negotiations.    The board of the 30-year-old nonprofit has been trying to dissolve for at least five years. It is comprised of the same board as the North Adams Housing Authority and the staff of the authority has been managing the properties.    City officials have been in talks with HOI for nearly six years on taking over its assets but the talks have hit bumps along the way despite a vote several


Eastern Mountain Sports at Berkshire Mall Slated For Closure
Staff Reports,
02:58PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall.   Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations, according to the company's bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 square-foot retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the bankruptcy filings for closure.   Sports Direct has offered to buy Eastern Outfitters through a private sale but only wants some locations, not all. The plan is to close those identified locations and sell the rest. Eastern Outfitters asked for court permission to conduct store closing sales at those


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